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Academic Programs & Admissions

Graduate Dental Education Programs » Orthodontic Residency

Program Director: Dr. Guoqiang Guan, contact

Program Overview

The postgraduate program in orthodontics integrates basic science and clinical orthodontics in a comprehensive curriculum, designed to develop clinically proficient specialists who possess a scholarly insight into orthodontic theory as it relates to patient care. While the basic science courses build upon residents’ predoctoral knowledge of oral biology and related areas, the major part of the program consists of clinical education and training.

Several popular corrective orthodontic regimens are taught, giving residents a thorough understanding of the respective merits of each treatment philosophy and the ability to apply them clinically. Since many corrective orthodontic problems involve adolescents, there is a strong emphasis on growth and development. Residents also gain experience in preventive and interceptive orthodontic care with pre-adolescents. The management of adult patients is also emphasized through courses such as TMJ therapy and orthognathic surgery. Other highlights of the program include:

  • Experience in interdisciplinary care of patients requiring complex restorative dentistry or advanced periodontal therapy. A combined faculty from fixed prosthetics and orthodontics presents a one-year course in occlusion.
  • Participation in monthly rotations at the Craniofacial Clinic at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, exposing residents to craniofacial anomalies and treatment and the team approach involved in treating such conditions.
  • Instruction in computer applications for diagnosis, treatment planning, and practice management.
  • Presentation of a course in gross anatomy of the head and neck. Students undergo a 2-hour wet dissection with special emphasis devoted to the temporomandibular joint and its associated structures.

In addition, each resident must complete an investigative project for certification.

The highly respected research environment at Penn Dental Medicine and throughout the University of Pennsylvania provides a valuable opportunity for students applying to residency programs to combine their specialty training with advanced research and academic opportunities. To that end, Penn Dental Medicine offers a Master of Science in Oral Biology (MSOB) and a Doctor of Science in Dentistry (DScD) that can be earned concurrent with a specialty certificate, preparing students to successfully enter the field of academic dentistry while also becoming skilled clinicians in specialty care. Through the MSOB and DScD programs, students are encouraged to pursue their individual research interests with projects that can span the diverse disciplines and research labs within Penn Dental Medicine’s basic and clinical sciences and across the University.

Academic Track: MSOB and certificate (3 years), DScD and certificate (5 years)
Clinical Certificate Track: certificate only (26 months)
Number of residents accepted: 7 per year

Clinical Education

All clinical practice for residents takes place in Penn Dental Medicine’s Brainerd F. Swain Orthodontic Clinic, a modern state-of-the-art facility that features 19 operatories. In addition, second-year residents participate in two rotations at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in craniofacial and cleft palate.

Program & Faculty Features

Penn Orthodontics 1916-2016

Advancing the Study and Practice of Orthodontics for 100 Years

Penn Dental Journal,

Spring 2016

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Program Faculty

Program Director

Standing Faculty

Academic Support Staff/Associated Faculty

  • Hyeran Helen Jeon, DDS, MSD, DScD

    Department of Orthodontics

  • Nipul K. Tanna, DMD, MS

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthodontics
    Director, Postdoctoral Periodontics/Orthodontics Program

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